Vietnam Veteran and Host Cliff Kelley converse with Navy Veteran 3rd Class Petty Officer Ken Porter about the significance of Millennials becoming educated and empowered through Civil Action.

By The Chicago Crusader

Veteran Marine Corps Corporal Claude Fields III was the call-in guest panelist on the America’s Heroes Group radio talk show on Saturday March 16. Fields conversed with host Cliff Kelley regarding his dissatisfaction with what he describes as his “horrible living conditions.” Fields resides in Riverside, CA, where he rents an apartment.

He said his “landlord doesn’t care about the apartments he rents being clean, having proper working appliances nor accurate plumbing. Simply put, he just wants a check.” He added, “I have served my country well, however look how my country isn’t serving me.”

Fields mentioned he has had “horrible” experiences identifying available housing, at times being on the verge of eviction due to a lengthy process waiting for his HUD housing voucher which pays a portion of his rent.

Veterans receive rental support through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps to reduce and prevent homelessness among the veteran population. However, HUD delays and follow ups are causing major concerns among the military population. The accompanying article below highlights some of the positive changes veterans seeking housing can look forward to.

Veteran introduces young voters to electoral process

During the second portion of the March 16 talk show Navy veteran Ken Porter talked with Kelley about the electoral process and the need to prepare young voters to participate in the process.

Porter is a logistics specialist in the Navy Reserve and has served throughout south east Asia with long term mobilizations to Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines.

He is also a program director at Mikva Challenge “where they believe that democracy is a verb.” Mikva Challenge says it develops youth to be “empowered, informed and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.”

At Mikva he consults with teachers on best practices to engage students in electoral politics and direct action organizing.

“Ken Porter is passionate about creating a more informed electorate and believes the way to do that is by engaging young people on issues that matter to them and providing them with ways to engage in the process. Ken has trained hundreds of students how to campaign for candidates running for office and has organized large scale campaign opportunities from city council races to presidential races.”

Porter teaches students how to use digital tools along with traditional advocacy to collaborate with decision makers to make inclusive policy change. Last year, he advised a cohort of over 150 teachers on ways to engage their students in elections and on issues in their communities.

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Crusader. 

America’s Heroes Group talks with millennial veterans

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